Will Smith reacts to Chris Rocks Oscars jokes about him and wife Jada Pinkett-Smith
2 March 2016 Entertainment News
Fourth Estate Staff
New York City, NY, United States (4E) – Chris Rock’s monologue during the 88th Academy Award show focused on the actors and actresses who decided to boycott the actual event specifically Jada Pinkett-Smith and her husband Will Smith.
47-year-old Smith was asked by paparazzi about his reaction regarding Rock’s monologue and instead of saying something about it, he just flashed his smile and had his fingers held up rocking the peace sign. In the photos, he was about to go inside his car when he did the gesture.
Smith was seen leaving the set of his upcoming flick “Collateral Beauty” in New York City a day after the Oscars when paparazzi attempted to get an answer from him regarding Rock’s monologue .
Rock’s monologue opened with: "What happened this year? People went nuts. Spike [Lee] got mad. Jada went mad. Will went mad. Everyone went mad! Jada said she's not coming. I was like, 'Isn't she on TV show?' Jada's gonna boycott the Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna's panties. I wasn't invited!"
Rock added that Pinkett-Smith’s man was not nominated for “Concussion” adding, “I get it. You get mad. It's not fair that Will was this good and didn't get nominated. You're right. It's also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for Wild Wild West!”
Despite Rock making light of the situation, Pinkett-Smith did clear out in her posts and video about the lack of diversity for this year’s nomination that it’s not just about Smith not being nominated but it’s about people of color not being recognized.
This is the second year that the Academy has been criticized of their failure to have a more diverse nomination of actors and actresses in different categories.
Other people who commented on the issue are Lupita Nyong’o , George Clooney, and many more.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has also commented on the issue and said that they will be getting a more diverse board so that the nominations will include more people of color next year.